Rugby Club make it lucky 13 at Staxton

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Whitby RFC made it 13 wins in a row in the league in a superb way at Staxton playing fields against Edgehill, the only side to beat them in 35 league matches.

The 4-1 win leaves Whitby RFC just one win away from promotion to the Scarborough and District Saturday League’s first division for the first time.

Whitby RFC were out the traps in stylish fashion on Saturday. Winger Kilpatrick and Benn Sullivan were causing Edgehill all sorts of problems down the left.

Rugby Club were knocking the ball about on the big wide pitch in confident fashion and took the lead when Mike Kilpatrick curled in from 20 yards over the keeper and off the underside of the bar to open the scoring.

Rugby Club continued to have Edgehill pegged back in their own half, with Jobling, Craig and Richardson all going close.

Kilpatrick then received the ball out wide from a Chad Swales’ pass. Racing into the area, he was taken from behind for a stone wall penalty and to everyone’s disbelief the ref waved play on.

Sullivan then hit the second in superb fashion on 15 minutes – a left-footed unstoppable shot from 20 yards flew into the top right hand corner.

Kilpatrick again raced into the area and was blatantly taken from behind for another stonewall penalty but to the annoyance of the Whitby players, their appeals were turned away.

But the third was only a matter of time before captain Sam Richardson curled in from the edge of the box into the bottom right corner.

After not been able to get out their own half Edgehill finnally had a strong ten-minute spell. Carl Hepples was put through on goal, went to round Sam Gale in the Club goal but Gale expertly clawed the ball off his feet at full stretch.

The keeper again saved low from another strike and then just before the break, Edgehill got one back when Micklethwaite headed in at point blank range.

Rugby Club started brightly with Jobling going close but shooting over then Usher headed wide from a Sullivan corner.

Jobling got his deserved goal. Played in round the back out on the right, he cut inside past a couple of defenders and curled round defender and keeper and into the bottom left from the edge of the box to seal the game on 70 minutes.

In bizarre circumstances an Edgehill striker raised his arms to a Club player which angered Harry Smith who let his frustrations out and was shown a red card to reduce Club to ten for the remaining 20 minutes.

Edgehill then had another couple of chances to pull one back but Welham and Swales were holding firm and behind them, Gale pulled off two good saves again.

The last ten minutes belonged to Rugby Club. Kilpatrick, Richardson, Sullivan and Jobling were tearing Edgehill apart but were unable to add to the score.

Frustrations boiled over again as an Edgehill player twice left the floor with two feet through the back of Kilpatrick then on Sullivan but these went unpunished.

The score remained 4-1 to Rugby Club to claim a massive three points and leave them on the cusp of back-to-back promotions.

Boss Ste Mothersdale said: “This performance today was superb. Edgehill couldn’t get out the half for the first 30 minutes as we were knocking it about in great fashion.

“I feel for Harry getting sent off as two blatant penalties were denied and two straight reds for two high tackles unpunished.

“It was hard to pick a man of the match today – all 13 were terrific and all four goals were top drawer.

“Kilpatrick and Sullivan on the left were great and I’m going with Benn Sullivan for another class performance and goal.”

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